Families struggling to rent affordable homes.

Families struggling to rent affordable homes.

Wexford Rentals & Property Management understands that the Housing Agency has warned that Households with one income are finding it increasingly difficult to rent an affordable home in Ireland.

The Housing Agency states that¬†a three-tier housing market is emerging, with Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare the most expensive. The cheapest are in Roscommon, Cavan, Leitrim and Longford, while the final tier is made up of counties, including Kilkenny, Kerry and Clare. The ‘Outlook for 2015-2017’ report says that 21,000 homes a year are needed just to meet market demand out to 2018. But delivery will be a “slow process”, Chairman Conor Skehan said, in order not to repeat the mistakes of the past. “We have to realise that supply isn’t just about building. Freeing up 2,000 voids (empty units) would make up 10pc of the annual demand,” he said. “Houses are not like growing carrots. It’s a slow fix, the opposite of what got us into trouble the last time. It’s about regulation, standards, planning and understanding house types. 2016 is a perfectly acceptable near-term horizon. This is a slow fix. We’re doing it right this time.”